Ex-Quezon City vice mayor Charito Planas; 87

By Jhesset O. Enano

Former Quezon City Vice Mayor Rosario “Charito” Planas passed away on Dec. 7. She was 87.

A stalwart of the political opposition during the Marcos regime and later an advocate of women’s causes and environmental protection, Planas served as the city’s second highest official from 1992 to 1995.
A lawyer, she also served as the deputy spokesperson of former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo from 2010 to 2011.

A staunch opposition leader during the martial law years, Planas was drafted in the Lakas ng Bayan (Laban) slate led by Benigno Aquino Jr. for the April 1978 Interim Barasang Pambansa elections. The Laban lineup then challenged the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL) ticket led by then First Lady Imelda Marcos.

Planas was ordered jailed by the dictator Ferdinand Marcos but was able to escape with the help of a group of nuns. She went to Malaysia and then spent eight years in the United States, where she rejoined anti-Marcos forces then in exile.

After the 1986 People Power revolt, she returned to the country and helped revive the Liberal Party.

She joined the mayoralty race in Quezon City in 1988 elections but lost. In 1992, she won the vice mayoralty as the running mate of Ismael Mathay Jr.

Bonifacio G Toledo,91

Bonifacio G. Toledo, of Camiling, Tarlac, passed away on Dec. 7. Bonifacio is predeceased by his wife Virginia; father of Roy, Gina T. (Ulyses), Vivian T. (Albino), Ferdinand (Gloria), Jesus Demy (Myrna) and Caesar; grandfather of Nona (Jessie Rainier) Savilla, Noemi (Stephen), Roy Vincent, Bernard, Stacy Geen, Cielito, Margarita (Angel Jimbo, fiancé), Anastasia, Veronica, Rafael, Mark Genesis (Desiree May), Melanie Ann, Marc Joshua, Aliyah Jessica, Ashlee Jean, Charlyn and Caithlyn; great-grandfather of Iannie, Ivan, Izzy, Jedi, Sam, Tibong, Jayden, Miriam, Ayesha Ixchel..

Rosalind A. Abuton, 65

Rosalind Amiscaray Abuton, 65, a native of Dumaguete City, died on Dec. 16. She was the youngest of six children. Preceded in death by Urbano Amiscaray and Rosario Patero Amiscaray. She leaves behind her daughter Angelica and her son-in-law Jason Thomas. She attained a bachelor's degree in health science and nutrition at the Philippines Women's University. Rosalind was Mrs. Philippine Independence in 2004, and was an active member of the Filipino community. Wake held at Drake Son Funeral Home in Chicago. Interment Rosehill.

Roque Dizon, 82

Roque M. Dizon passed away on Dec. 19 at age 82. He leaves behind his wife, Cristina. He was father to Josephine (David) Jimenez, John Dizon and Maryanne Sullivan. Grandfather to Kyle, Lucas and Laila Jimenez. He was a brother to Grace Medina, Zenaida Dizon, Bernald Dizon, Reynaldo Dizon and Roberto Dizon. He is preceded in death by Voltaire Dizon and Roque M. Dizon Jr. He was a Vice Mayor in Sta. Ana, Pampanga. He owned Manila Group Travel Agency. He worked as a travel agent for over thirty years. Wake held at Drake and Son Funeral Home, in Chicago. Disposition private.

Cesar V. Reyes, M.D.; 73

Cesar V. Reyes, M.D., died on Dec 4. He was 73. Survived by wife Elisa, R.N.; Father of Mary (Stan) and Carlo (Julie); Grandfather of Katherine, Isabelle, William, Thomas and Amy. Wake held at Hallowell & James Funeral Home with memorial mass at Divine Savior Parish. Interment Clarendon Hills Cemetery. He topped the Philippine Medical Board Examination (PMBE) basic sciences in 1966. Was chief of anatomic pathology at VA Medical Center in Reno, NV; Was Lead and staff pathologist, chief of cytopathology section (1990-2002) at Hines VA Hospital. Retired from Hines in July 2002, after serving as a doctor for 35 years. Was a professor of pathology at Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (1996-2002). Dr. Reyes published 127 scientific reports, 57 abstracts in international medical journals, and presented 47 clinical papers throughout the U.S. Ten year commitee member and editor for the PMAC.

Eddie C. Inocencio MD, 78

Eddie C. Inocencio MD of Des Plaines died on Dec. 17. He was 78. He was the husband of Patricia; father of Erin (Robert) Rosengrant; grandfather of Lily and Felicity; sibling of Lydia Schrieber, Erlinda Reyes, the late Elsie and the late Villamor. Wake was held at Oehler Funeral Home in Des Plaines. Funeral home then going to St. Mary Church for memorial Mass. Interment All Saints Cemetery.

Eufemia E. Carino, 89

Eufemia E. Carino, of Skokie, passed away on Dec. 6 at age 89. She was the wife of the late Domingo; mother of Leticia (Maximo), Romeo (Susan), Remedios (Osias Jr.), and Domingo Jr. (Leah); grandmother of Francis (Christina Pantoja), Darlen Mae (Jerry), Christian (Maricel), Jolly, Melanie Y. (Allen), Kristina Y. (Erin Michael), Chris Paolo (Scelyse), Lovely, Rosabel, Czarina, Stacey, Krizza faye, and Kyra Lizelle; great grandmother of Tristian Jeric, Tony, Sofia, Elizabeth, Yuan Lucas, and Malia. Funeral service held at Simkins Funeral Home in Morton Grove. Interment Maryhill Cemetery.

Teodora P. Calayag, 85

Teodora Pajarillo Calayag died on Dec. 19. She was 85. Teodora was the youngest of 10 children. She immigrated to Chicago in 1986. She worked tirelessly, taking on varied jobs as a street vendor, a telephone operator, an overseas worker (at an American military base in Vietnam), a small business owner, and a caterer. In Chicago, she worked for 17 years as a chef’s assistant, earning numerous recognitions for her talent. She is survived by her six children and their spouses, 13 grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and four grandpets.
Wake held at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home in Chicago. Funeral from the funeral home to St. Matthias Church for Memorial Mass. Interment Maryhill Cemetery.

Quintin S. Lim, 79

Quintin S. Lim died on Dec. 1 at age 79. Husband of Haydee. Father of Joseph (Theresa), Jocelyn, Marjorie, Patricia (Ricky) Pica, Edward, and Peter Lim. Grandpa of Skylar, Lucas, and Sydney. Brother of Celerina (Robert), Manuel (Caridad), Benjamin (Francine), and Felix (Rhemy). Brother-in-law of Sonny (Phoebe), Leo (Claire), Ramon (Trinidad), Arthur (Diseree) Doruelo, Cynthia (Mart), Fe (Rolando), and Edgar (Remy).Wake held at Colonial-Wojciechowski Funeral Home with procession to Immaculate Conception Church for memorial mass. Interment Maryhill Cemetery.

Gorgonia C. Vizcocho, 93

Gorgonia Costales Vizcocho, 93 died on Dec. 11. She was predeceased by her husband Martiniano, Sr. Mother of Anita (Wilfredo), Carmelita (Arnel), late George (Loida). Lola of 12. Great-Lola of 7. Wake held at Colonial-Wojciechowski Funeral Home in Niles. Funeral Service from funeral home in procession to St. Isaac Jogues Church for memorial mass. Burial at St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery.


2017 Notable PH national passings



Feb. 6. Former Mayor of Caloocan from 1980 to 1986 and 1988 to 1995.


Sept. 5. Industrialist of DMCI Holdings. Forbes Magazine estimated his fortune at around $3.6 billion.


Sept. 3. One of the Sandiganbayan associate justices who acquitted businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles of malversation over a dubious P3.8-million contract for the purchase of Kevlar helmets.


Nov. 16. First Filipino Canadian senator elected to public office in the City of Toronto.


Nov. 21. Comedian, Singer of reggae-themed singles.


Nov. 4. Actress, singer, dancer and TV host of the show “That’s Entertainment.”


Oct. 3. A Jesuit priest forced to go into exile during martial law. Cofounded the PH Democratic Socialist Party in 1973 with Norberto Gonzales.


July 25. Wife of the late Steve Psinakis who was part of the anti-Martial Law movement.


June 10. Famed Filipino artist. Created Kosme the Cop, the Philippine’s first English-language daily comic strip, for the defunct Manila Chronicle.


March 20. Two term senator and sister of former President Fidel V. Ramos. First female Philippine ambassador to Australia.



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